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Summary: FOCUS ON EXALTING CHRIST AND YOU CAN COUNT ON SUPERNATURAL BOLDNESS IN FRUITFUL MINISTRY -- - ONE THAT WILL GLORIFY CHRIST - AND EFFECTIVELY IMPACT OTHERS

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BIG IDEA:

FOCUS ON EXALTING CHRIST AND YOU CAN COUNT ON

SUPERNATURAL BOLDNESS IN FRUITFUL MINISTRY --

- ONE THAT WILL GLORIFY CHRIST

- AND EFFECTIVELY IMPACT OTHERS

I. SUPERNATURAL BOLDNESS IN FRUITFUL MINISTRY COMES FROM FOCUSING ON EXALTING CHRIST (:19-21)

A. The Power of Intercessory Prayer and the Help of the Holy Spirit Give Confidence that We Will Persevere in the Faith (:19)

Our own perseverance in the faith must be the foundation for any ministry that will impact others

"This" -- must refer to the same antecedent as the "this" in v.18; the fact that Christ is being proclaimed and exalted and the gospel is making great progress as a result of Paul’s difficult personal

circumstances;

the proclamation of Christ whether from good motives or from bad motives (to try to cause Paul distress) which in either case causes Paul to rejoice

(cf. Pentecost and Kent -- reference to the general circumstances of his imprisonment in Rome -- "this imprisonment experience")

"Salvation" --

1) most translations read "deliverance" as a reference to some type of physical deliverance from prison for Paul.

cf. Lenski -- saved from the possibility that during the rest of his trial before the imperial court he might disgrace Christ and the gospel

cf. Ryrie -- "Paul’s trial had probably begun. He was confident that either release or death would advance the cause of Christ. Dearborn argues that this cannot refer to his physical release because he did not know what the outcome of his trial would be (but

he certainly expects to be released);

2) cf. J. H. Michael who argues persuasively for reference to his ultimate vindication in court based on the same Greek wording in the LXX of Job 13:16 -- he is confident that whether acquitted or convicted, his stand for Christ will be vindicated (signifies.victory in a contest for what is right)

"The progress of the gospel on account of my imprisonment will lead to my ultimate vindication thru the power of intercessory prayer and the help of the Holy Spirit"

3) Paul consistently uses this word to refer to ultimate salvation, whether in its present or future (consummated) aspect. cf. 2:13 and similar emphasis on perseverance in 1:6. Difficulty lies in seeing connection between progress of the gospel and Paul’s

final salvation. Perhaps Paul was confident that the Philippians would recognize the evil motives of those preachers who were trying to exalt themselves at the expense of Paul and would respond by increased intercessory prayer that would help him persevere in his faith and in his testimony on the path to his ultimate salvation

B. Supernatural Boldness is the Key to a Ministry that Glorifies Christ (:20b)

C. Focusing on Exalting Christ is the Key to Being Able to Count on Such Supernatural Boldness in Ministry (:20a,21)

II. THE PURPOSE OF THIS LIFE IS FRUITFUL MINISTRY -- ONE THAT GLORIFIES CHRIST AND BENEFITS OTHERS (:22-26)

A. The Opportunity for Continued Fruitful Ministry Counterbalances Our Desire to Escape the Difficulties of This Life and Enter Glory (:22-24)


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